Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • heintz

    Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the loc...

  • DuNah Winery

    DuNah Vineyard & Winery lies in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small country town ...

  • Deburca Wines

    Dermot Bourke Winemaker & Proprietor Dermot was born in San Francisco and grew up in Larkspur wh...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Patine Gap's Crown 2012

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    Mouthful of fruit on this one. Typical Pinot Noir Red Cherry flavors, maybe a hint of Plum/Peach. Very good acid beats down the fruitiness a bit and makes it easy to drink. I will not confess that I am not a PN lover. While I have stated that this wine is easy to drink, I would like to see more complexity. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2012

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    Big oaky bouquet, herevanilla, caramel. Dainty fruit on the front of the tongue, accelerating towards the backtropical fruits (melon, banana, mango) and some tree fruit (peach). Good refreshing acid that almost suggest citrus thankfully defeats the oakiness that I detected on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper and the competition have sunk, the competition more so because the paper was never better than mediocre.  The Chron lost its chance to be good when the Examiner folded.  Instead of picking up the good staff from the Ex, they fired their best reporters in a cost cutting move and pre... Read More

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  • Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2012

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    Very similar to the '09, just going to paste my TNs from that one - This is a big, fresh, juicy, Russian River chardonnay. It is well balanced with apricot, honey, ripe pear, ripe apple, nice acidity and a touch of oak. This has great mouth feel and a wonderfully long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Sodini Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    Interesting nose with Zinfande-typical black fruit/berry mixed with a spice (mace?). On the tongue, the first thing I notice is that this is not the most full-bodied Zin. Very little fruit taste on the tip of the tongue. Its not until the wine gets to about mid-palate that some blackberry/blueberry flavor pops up. Fairly tame tannin. Nice, ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Decoy Duckhorn Chardonnay Sonoma County 2013

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    I loved the oak in this wine Read More

    Wine review by winelubber


  • Failla Keefer Ranch Russian River Chardonnay 2012

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    Excellent Failla chardonnay. Layers of creamy lemon chiffon, subtle butterscotch, honey and just a kiss of vanilla and oak. This is a very well balanced wine, not overly fruity, oaky or acidic but enough of each to make things interesting. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 2012 Squall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

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    A Lot 18 quarterly selection - Tasting Notes from Lot 18 seem accurate to ... ... is a true-to-form, textbook Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir striking, poised and balanced. A tart rhubarb-cherry nose brings you in, while black cherry and tea notes emerge on the palate. Warm spices, dried violets and earthy blueberry appear with additional time in the... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 2012 Raku Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012

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    A quarterly selection from Lot 18. I enjoyed it and the Tasting Notes on the site seem accurate to me.'Spicy, lush, black fruit flavors meet briary raspberry and roasted strawberry notes, with subtle hints of Bing cherry, sassafras and allspice. The elegant structure and beautiful balance...' Nice balance, great mouthfeel, and though full of fru... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Imagery Estate Winery Dragonsleaf Syrah Sonoma Mountain 2011

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    Very pretty purple color in the glass. Fairly fruity noselots of berriesbut, also, some wood hints. Subdued fruit flavors on the tongueblueberry, red plum. Think not quite ripe fruit, but not sour, either. The wine seems to have a silky mouthfeel that is quite pleasant. An easy wine to drink. I like it. However, if youre looking for a sop... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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